Executive Director of Supplier Diversity
Monette Knapik is a dynamic, thought leader responsible for Supplier Diversity at CVS Health who brings an unparalleled energy to the table. She is responsible for spearheading the four Supplier Diversity Strategic Pillars, which is comprised of, Supplier Education and Development, Communication & Program Branding, Community & Industry Relationship Building, and Performance & Process Management. Within these strategic pillars, Monette is held accountable for the execution of these strategies, fostering strong external relationships and partnerships with both national and regional advocacy organizations, as well as cultivating internal business department buy-in with Senior leaders and executives.
One of Monette’s many goals is to build robust supplier partnerships by promoting an enterprise-wide culture of diverse supplier inclusion by affording opportunities to those that can bring innovation to our leading healthcare solutions company.
With a strategic and innovative mindset, Monette has developed several internal programs to support the strategic pillars of Supplier Diversity such as the Executive Learning Series partnership program with Roger Williams University, the Business Development and Community Engagement Program Series in partnership with Florida A&M University, North Carolina A&T University, and Morehouse College. Each of these programs support the business growth and development of diverse suppliers. Monette also encouraged the creation of the Construction Business Building Event fostering relationships between CVS Health General Contractors and diverse subcontractors to ensure diversity goes beyond the first tier of the supply chain. Lastly, the Supplier Diversity in Merchandising program was created to provide diverse suppliers direct access to merchandising decision-makers and provide them an opportunity to take part in one of the Merchandising pilot programs, either Test & Learn, or the Merchandising Launch Pad.
Monette was also instrumental in the induction of CVS Health into the Billion Dollar Roundtable in 2017. Monette is continually in search of ways CVS Health can continue to promote an inclusive culture, whether it be by growing diverse suppliers organically, welcoming new diverse suppliers into the supply chain, through the emergence of business skill development programs, or offering diverse suppliers direct access to decision makers. By evolving the Supplier Diversity Program, we can build supply chain excellence, add distinctive goods and services to our business offerings, and enhance our brand among customers.
As Monette would say, “It takes a village,” and with the support of our Senior Leaders, we are able to effect change in the communities we serve!